Longtime coach and assistant athletic director Billy Hurston was approved by the Horry County Schools Board of Education as the retiring Paula Lee's replacement as athletic director at St. James High School.
Luke Edwards, a Myrtle Beach shortstop, Marshall University signee and The Sun News’ Toast of the Coast Baseball Player of the Year, triggered a near-perfect ballot from those area coaches, with eight of the nine nominating him for the honor.
Layna Johnson, The Sun News' Toast of the Coast Softball Player of the Year, led the Aynor softball team to its fifth consecutive district championship and appearance in the Lower State tournament during the 2018 season.
Carolina Forest High alumnus Ryan Yurachek signed a rookie free agent contract with the NFL's New Orleans Saints. Yurachek, the son of former Coastal Carolina University athletic director Hunter Yurachek, who is now at Arkansas, was a tight end at Marshall but signed with the Saints as a fullback.
St. James forced a deciding second game with a victory over Chapin, the top-ranked team in the state in Class 4A, but dropped the second game 6-1 to lose the Lower State final. Chapin advances to play Airport in the 4A state championship series.
Cam White played the role of ace when his team needed it. White’s complete game helped St. James to a 6-1 home victory over Lugoff-Elgin in a Lower State tournament elimination game, extending the year by at least another two days.
The St. James baseball team beat Dreher 12-1 in a run-rule shortened District VII finals Monday. As a result, they will head to the second tier of the state playoffs for the sixth time in 10 years, and this comes just two years removed from their last state championship appearance.
Myrtle Beach area and Horry County Schools to lose three key high school sports leaders in St. James Athletics Director Paula Lee, Aynor Athletics Director Doug Hinson and North Myrtle Beach Athletic Trainer Keeter Hayes.
A group of players, led by Austin Padgett, surprised Jones on Saturday by blind-folding him on the way to the Rawlings store at Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach, where they presented him with a brand new bat.